Health Risks Caused by Mold(s)
100+ common types of indoor mold have the potential to cause health problems. Due to the health risks associated with mold exposure, it is best to have a mold test and/or remediation scheduled as soon as possible. Mold reactions depend upon the mold present and the individual person, but, according to both the EPA and CDC, all molds have the potential to cause health issues:
• Headaches (recurring or constant)
• Breathing difficulties (tightness in the chest or asthma)
• Persistent cough or cold symptoms
• Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
• Skin irritation
• Allergic reactions
• Opportunistic infections in immune-compromised individuals
• Brain fog and confusion
What Mold Needs to Grow
Mold needs 1 of 4 things to grow into a problem:
food source nutrients (wood, sheet rock), water, high humidity / temperatures
Mold and Mold-Causing Scenarios
Pure Maintenance has seen it all, and fixed every kind of mold problem imaginable. Some of the most common causes of mold at homes and businesses are:
• Leaks in plumbing, pipes or appliances (water heater, dishwasher, toilet, garbage disposal, AC)
• Areas where humidity is too high and damp air is trapped for an extended period (crawl spaces, attics, small rooms)
• Flooding where remediation is neglected and does not take place within 48-72 hours
• Cracks in exterior walls that allow water to seep into door and window frames
• Roof leaks and exterior siding
• Water entrapment
What is Pure Maintenance Dry Fog Mold Remediation?
Dry fog mold remediation, removal or abatement can be defined as the processes by which each room (and contents) are cleaned and sanitized to kill existing mold, stop the spread of mold and prevent it from returning. After each room has been sanitized and all mold, viruses, germs and spores are dead, we treat the entire HVAC / AC / Ducts. Dry fog mold abatement steps can also include the removal of black mold or water-soaked materials like drywall or flooring. Next, we will help you rebuild using our ‘best practices’ contractors. Mold remediation is a necessary step in ensuring your home is safe.
Suspect Mold in Your Home or Office Building?
If you’ve just discovered mold in your home or business, or experienced a water intrusion, you may be wondering what to do next. Mold only needs two or three days to start growing after a flood or other damaging water intrusions. To avoid having a mold problem caused by water or excess moisture, have the water removed within 48 hours, if at all possible.
Suspect you have mold in a hidden place? For example — under a sub floor, above ceiling sheetrock, behind a wall. Have it inspected right away by a licensed and certified mold removal professional like Pure Maintenance.
Mold is usually caused by a slow leak, roof leak, plumbing failure, too-humid indoor air, or a flood that was not professionally remediated.
Steps to take if you detect or think you have mold:
1. Cleaning with bleach or other household disinfectants will NOT kill mold. Keep yourself, children, employees and pets out of the moldy area. Attempting to dry the area with a fan can disturb mold spores and spread them to other areas within the dwelling.
2. If the mold is contained to a room with a door, keep said door closed. However, mold travels through your HVAC system, so, acting fast to get mold treated is a must. This way the problem doesn’t become larger.
3. Call a locally based professional mold removal service, such as Pure Maintenance of FL. Make an appointment with Pure Maintenance at 321-704-4647
4. Check with your insurance company. Some homeowner’s insurance policies cover mold remediation. Many policies require you to report your mold issue “as soon as possible.” Pure Maintenance works with insurance companies to expedite the treatment process.